Eurovision 2017 YouTube Second Rehearsals: Semi-Final 2

July 7, 2017 0

Croatia may be playing spoiler in the second semi-final, making this year’s Eurovision Song Contest that much more unpredictable. Sunday’s Eurovision Song Contest festivities in Kyiv included the second round of rehearsals for the Big Five and host country Ukraine, as well as the red carpet opening ceremony for this year’s competition. With 24 hours worth of data for the entire second semi-final field, let’s take a look at how the rankings of those videos may indicated popularity going into Thursday’s performances. Here are the top 10 videos from the second semi-final second rehearsals, as of 10:30pm CET / 4:30pm Eastern: Netherlands Serbia Croatia Bulgaria FYR Macedonia Denmark Belarus Romania Israel Austria Lithuania and Estonia dropped out of the top 10 from when we looked at the first rehearsal footage, and I fear this may be bad news for both countries. Lithuania sits in 13th and Estonia is in 15th, with at least 10,000 views behind Austria. In terms of the combined viewership for both rehearsals, here’s how the field shakes out: Netherlands FYR Macedonia Croatia Bulgaria Serbia Belarus Romania Lithuania Israel Denmark Croatia is poised to play spoiler based on earlier predictions. Hungary sits in 11th, trailing by fewer […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 YouTube Second Rehearsals: Semi-Final 2

July 7, 2017 0

Croatia may be playing spoiler in the second semi-final, making this year’s Eurovision Song Contest that much more unpredictable. Sunday’s Eurovision Song Contest festivities in Kyiv included the second round of rehearsals for the Big Five and host country Ukraine, as well as the red carpet opening ceremony for this year’s competition. With 24 hours worth of data for the entire second semi-final field, let’s take a look at how the rankings of those videos may indicated popularity going into Thursday’s performances. Here are the top 10 videos from the second semi-final second rehearsals, as of 10:30pm CET / 4:30pm Eastern: Netherlands Serbia Croatia Bulgaria FYR Macedonia Denmark Belarus Romania Israel Austria Lithuania and Estonia dropped out of the top 10 from when we looked at the first rehearsal footage, and I fear this may be bad news for both countries. Lithuania sits in 13th and Estonia is in 15th, with at least 10,000 views behind Austria. In terms of the combined viewership for both rehearsals, here’s how the field shakes out: Netherlands FYR Macedonia Croatia Bulgaria Serbia Belarus Romania Lithuania Israel Denmark Croatia is poised to play spoiler based on earlier predictions. Hungary sits in 11th, trailing by fewer […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 Entry: Netherlands — O’G3NE — Lights and Shadows

July 7, 2017 0

These sisters should enjoy more lights than shadows on their way to the Grand Final. Country: Netherlands Song Title: “Lights and Shadows” Artist: O’G3NE Second Semi-Final: Position #7 Last year’s entry: “Slow Down” — Douwe Bob (11th Place) After failing to qualify into the Grand Final between 2005 and 2012, Netherlands has come roaring back with three top-eleven finishes in four years. They’ve been good enough over this span, including finishing second with the excellent “Calm After the Storm” in 2014, that we can almost even forgive them for #DressGate2015.1 Can a trio of sisters capture that country-music momentum to waltz into the Grand Final once again? Mike did a great job of recapping all the things — and there are a LOT of things — going on with this song. What he sees as over-production, though, I see as appropriately accessorizing a successful Eurovision entry.2 I particularly enjoy how clear their voices are in the recording, and that the trio maintains one cohesive sound instead of reverting to the standard soloist-with-backing-harmony setup. Viewers who find the studio version a little too in-your-face might be heartened to hear how live performances sound. Whether it’s less processing, different mics, or perhaps a combination […] [Read more…]

Netherlands’ Eurovision Entry Could Use More “Lights & Shadows”

July 7, 2017 0

Sister trio O’G3NE of the Netherlands revealed their entry “Lights & Shadows” for Eurovision 2017. Our first impression: needs more of both. Since their selection as the Netherlands’ Eurovision Song Contest representative for the 2017 competition in Kyiv, O’G3NE has established full control of the process. Their father has written and produced their entry “Lights & Shadows.” It was also recently reported by Eurovoix that the group has decided not to work with the stage director the Netherlands has used for the last few years. I find this last development troubling, given how “Light & Shadows” sounds: I was hoping the official music video was responsible for some of the over-production happening on this track but, sadly, this is not the case. Upon my first listen of the track, my immediate reaction brought to mind the Coco Chanel quote “Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” Here’s a short list of things to remove: Unnecessary reverb on the harmonies Too many harmonies at the same volume level The electric guitar string after the second verse The 80s piano riff during the second chorus The keychange isn’t fully […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 YouTube Second Rehearsals: Semi-Final 1

July 6, 2017 0

It’s Belgium vs. Greece in the Eurovision First Semi-Final YouTube Rehearsal Race. The countries competing in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest had their second and final rehearsal on stage in Kyiv, Ukraine Thursday and Friday. Now that a full day has passed since Latvia closed out the round, let’s take a look at the YouTube data to speculate on outcomes this Tuesday. First, it should be noted that Eurovision changed up how they presented the second rehearsal clips. Rather than a two-minute clip including staging and backstage moments, each performance was a 40-second snippet showing how the performance will look on TV during the show. It works as a teaser, as well as clearing up some concerns that may arise if there are weird camera angles from off-stage that wouldn’t be part of the actual presentation. Here is how the countries rank as of 22:35 Central European Time / 4:35pm Eastern: Belgium Greece Sweden Poland Portugal Azerbaijan Montenegro Armenia Iceland Australia That’s quite a changeup from what happened after the first rehearsal. Finland and Latvia have fallen out of the top 10, though they are both within striking distance of Australia. Belgium is solidly in first place, […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 YouTube Second Rehearsals: Semi-Final 1

July 6, 2017 0

It’s Belgium vs. Greece in the Eurovision First Semi-Final YouTube Rehearsal Race. The countries competing in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest had their second and final rehearsal on stage in Kyiv, Ukraine Thursday and Friday. Now that a full day has passed since Latvia closed out the round, let’s take a look at the YouTube data to speculate on outcomes this Tuesday. First, it should be noted that Eurovision changed up how they presented the second rehearsal clips. Rather than a two-minute clip including staging and backstage moments, each performance was a 40-second snippet showing how the performance will look on TV during the show. It works as a teaser, as well as clearing up some concerns that may arise if there are weird camera angles from off-stage that wouldn’t be part of the actual presentation. Here is how the countries rank as of 22:35 Central European Time / 4:35pm Eastern: Belgium Greece Sweden Poland Portugal Azerbaijan Montenegro Armenia Iceland Australia That’s quite a changeup from what happened after the first rehearsal. Finland and Latvia have fallen out of the top 10, though they are both within striking distance of Australia. Belgium is solidly in first place, […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 Entry: Cyprus — Hovig — Gravity

July 6, 2017 0

Can Hovig help Cyprus fly high in semi-final 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest, or will they be sunk by their own “Gravity”? Country: Cyprus Song Title: “Gravity” Artist: Hovig First Semi-Final: Position 15 Last year’s entry: “Alter Ego” – Minus One (8th Place) I have to say, I was shocked at how well Cyprus did with last year’s “Alter Ego”. I thought the song was just okay, but the stage performance they put on really elevated it and made use of the resources available to make a good show. That seemed to be enough to do the job – they finished their semi-final in 8th place, though they petered out in the final, finishing in 21st of 26 overall.  Is this year’s entry, Hovig’s “Gravity”, more likely to succeed? As Mike noted in his first listen of this song, Cyprus has wisely paired again with Thomas G:son, who generally turns out some quality Eurovision writing year after year, this song included.  There’s something that feels Mediterranean in the beat and instrumentation of the song, which mixes with the pop-rock vibe to a good effect. When this song was announced, it was in the middle of selection season, with over half of the field still to be […] [Read more…]

Hungary: A Dal 2017 Finishes Preliminary Heats

July 6, 2017 0

A Dal 2017 finished the preliminary rounds Saturday, with six more acts advancing to this weekend’s semi-finals. Thirty acts entered Hungary’s A Dal 20171, but only 18 will move on to the semi-finals. The last six acts to make it to the semi-finals were decided by jury and public vote on Saturday’s edition of the competition. A new frontrunner may have emerged as well as an underdog brought through by the wildcard vote. Here are the six acts that advanced following this week’s show: 1st Place – Gigi Radics “See it Through” – 43 points Shocking. That’s the only way to describe my reaction to how well this song did. This is by far the most Eurovision-iest song in Hungary’s competition, hitting every single power ballad cliche with gusto. I am not a fan, but apparently I’m in the minority. This song earned the highest score in all three heats, so maybe Hungary is picking up on something that I’m missing. 2nd Place (Tie) – Zävodi + Olivér Berkes “#háttérzaj” – 41 points This song had one of the most solid male vocals I’ve heard in this year’s competition, though that high note toward the end needs a little more air if the singer […] [Read more…]

This Week in Eurovision: Switzerland, Italy, and Germany Choose

July 5, 2017 0

It’s the first full week of February, which means that Eurovision Selection Season is full speed ahead. Here’s what’s happening the week of February 5, 2017. National Finals Switzerland: The six finalists for Die Entscheidungsshow(Which I keep reading as “Entschuldigung”) will take the stage to become the Swiss representative in Kyiv. The winner will be determined by 100% public vote. The show starts at 20.05 CET / 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific and should be viewable on the SRF Zwei webstream. Italy: The 67th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival begins Tuesday evening, with the final taking place Saturday. 22 acts will perform in the Big Artist category, with the winner of the festival receiving the opportunity to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. It is possible that the winner will not compete in Kyiv (last year’s Sanremo winner didn’t compete in Stockholm) or that a different song could be chosen (like in 2012), but this process has produced fantastic results for Italy. The festival airs on RAI at 21.00 CET / 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific each night. Germany: Deutschland has adopted a somewhat convoluted format for Unser Song fur Kyiv. In the first round, the five contestants will do […] [Read more…]

Eurovision 2017 YouTube First Rehearsals: Semi-Final 2

July 4, 2017 0

There is a clear YouTube front-runner after the first round of Eurovision semi-final rehearsals. The second set of rehearsals for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest began Thursday in Kyiv, Ukraine. With more than 24 hours passing since the participants of the second semi-final wrapped their first set of rehearsals, let’s take a look at how those videos are faring on YouTube. Process nerds: the reason we’re doing a 24-hour delay in reporting data is to allow for the videos for those performing in the second half of the second semi-final to rack up views. As the data is about to show, an extra day on YouTube for those in the first half probably isn’t that much of an advantage. Here are the rankings1: Netherlands FYR Macedonia Romania Serbia Bulgaria Belarus Lithuania Israel Estonia Denmark The video for the Netherlands is currently dominating the first semi-final rankings, with more than 314,000 views. FYR Macedonia is behind by almost 200,000 views, and current first semi-final leader Greece has only 157,000 views. Either some loyal O’G3NE fans are hitting the repeat button, or we might want to add Netherlands to the list of challengers for the win at the Grand Final. Lithuania is […] [Read more…]

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